About Us

Megan

Megan is co-director and co-owner of Montessori Garden, as well as co-teacher. She completed her AMS training in 1998. After working at Montessori Garden from 1998 to 2003, she obtained her BA and Washington State Teaching Credential from Western Washington University. Her interests include exercise, film, and travel.  She is married and the mother of a teen son and tween daughter.

Amy

Amy is co-director and co-owner of Montessori Garden, as well as co-teacher. She was raised in Texas where she attended Texas State University. She moved to Seattle in 1992. Before joining Montessori Garden in August of 1995, she spent three years with The Boys & Girls Club. She completed her AMS training in 1997. The mother of two adult sons, she enjoys going to movies and entertaining with her husband.

Enrichment Opportunities

Montessori Garden's SoundCloud Playlists

We have a library of popular children songs and play music to indicate when our rest time is beginning. We encourage you to play these songs at home or at nap/bedtime.

Every week children participate in a Spanish lesson and a Creative Dance class.

Each instructor uses the communicative approach with lots of gestures, so everyone participates in the fun. Immersed in Spanish, students engage in games and activities, and learn through music, movement, drama, and art.  The children will learn useful everyday vocabulary and functional language such as describing actions and expressing likes. 

Kechelle, Creative Dance

Creative Dance teacher, Kechelle Jackson, a Seattle native, began working with youth in 2004 when she joined the Washington Reading Corps. Realizing her passion for teaching, she became a preschool teacher, while earning her degree in Early Childhood Development. She taught preschool for 5 years, while taking on additional roles as a mentor supervisor and small group enrichment teacher. In 2012 and 2014 she completed the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers with Anne Green Gilbert, embracing Brain Compatible Education curriculum and honing her skills in facilitating and assessing quality movement experiences for young children. She is now on faculty at the Creative Dance Center where she teaches Creative Dance, Creative Modern, Hip Hop, and Parent/Child classes. In 2013, Kechelle founded Emerald City Creative Arts (ECCA), providing movement enrichment services in over 10 schools across the greater Seattle area. Kechelle loves working with children and families to foster and enhance social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through dance.

Jessica, Spanish

Spanish teacher, Jessica Martin is originally from Peru and has been living in Seattle for 19 years. She has a BA in business and has been working as a Spanish
teacher with preschool, elementary school  and before/after school programs for over 10 years. She enjoys teaching Spanish to children but took a break from teaching to raiser her two children.  Her children are now 10 and 13 years old. Jessica spends
time with her family and enjoys to garden, read, hike, bike, and cook.